what is the ideology of the party in 1984, and how do they use this ideology to control the proles?
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- 31-10-2016 22:02
- 31-10-2016 22:17
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So, have you read the book? Just seems quite a basic question to be honest. It's very good, but I can see ya gonna have trouble if you're trying to write an essay on it without having read it. That said, I did do that once for a friend doing English.
Ya know, totalitarianism, they use censorship, mind-games and indoctrination, propaganda, control of sharing of ideas by newspeak, etc.
Quick Google yields these which might are a bit more indepth:
- 31-10-2016 22:26
The name of the ideology is Ingsoc - a phonetic portmanteau of 'English Socialism'; it's an anti-democratic totalitarian ideology that suppresses dissent and difference in favour of rigid conformity and strict order. The proles are controlled in that all the products they can access are controlled by the party, such as how pubs only sell beer, and the pornographic material they buy is actually party-made when they think it's illicit. By ruling so skillfully, the party has created a society in which there will never be rebellion (as described in Goldstein's book). The patriotism that is generated, such as in Hate Week, keeps them in absolute fury against the enemy (whoever it is), which lets them to be led in coercion, such as taking longer hours and lower pay, and avoiding the true ills they experience. Julia even theorises that the bombs that are dropped constantly are done so by the party itself in order to terrorise the masses as there is no war (though Goldstein's books seems to contradict that slightly as it says there is a war going on). Do make sure you read the book in depth, or listen to the audiobook repeatedly, because it's a fantastic work of literature, so relevant to modern society; pay particular attention to Goldstein's book, 'The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism', which is an in depth analysis in itself about Oceania.